ESET Presents Thousands in Scholarships to Local Graduating High School Seniors

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San Diego, CA

ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection, today announced its support and participation in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) San Diego Scholarship Award Ceremony, held at the Hilton Mission Valley in San Diego. The company awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to two recent high-school graduates to support their studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in higher education.

“Once again this year’s AFCEA San Diego Scholarship winners represent the very best of STEM students from San Diego,” said Pat Kelly, Vice President of Education, AFCEA San Diego.  “Not only did we see a higher level of academic achievement but many of these student also excelled in sports, leadership positions and volunteering activities in their schools and community.   These students are our future scientists and engineers.  Our Scholarship Programs are intended to recognize these superior students, provide them with scholarship support and encourage them to commit to a STEM-related careers. The ESET-sponsored scholarships are essential to the success of our Education Foundation programs.  Thank you very much for your generous support!”

Ms. Melinda Wang received the ESET Sponsored $8,000 College Scholarship.  Melinda graduated from Torrey Pines High School in June with a GPA of 4.55 and an ACT score of 36. Melinda will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall and intends to major in Mathematics and Economics. Recently she was declared a Presidential Scholar, which is the highest academic honor given to high school students (and typically awarded to only one male and one female student from each state).  Melinda received her Medallion at a ceremony held in the White House a short time ago.   The ESET-sponsored $8,000 Scholarship award is made yearly to a San Diego County student who is pursuing a degree in STEM at a four-year degree-granting college or university.

Ms. Hannah Eherenfeldt graduated from Francis Parker High School in June with a GPA of 4.40.  She is planning to attend Tulane University in the Fall and major in Biomedical Engineering. She was presented with the ESET Sponsored Buck Bragunier $2,000 Leadership Scholarship. The Buck Bragunier Leadership Scholarship was established to honor Buck’s memory and unique contributions to the San Diego Chapter of AFCEA, following his 20 plus years of dedication to the organization and the Greater San Diego military community.

“ESET is passionate about helping to prepare the next generation of technologist, scientists and engineers, and are proud to support these two scholars from our own backyard here in San Diego,” said Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America. “We are confident these students will continue to learn and thrive as they continue their education, and in the future endeavors.”

AFCEA is one of the world’s premier Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) professional societies, made up of 33,000 members, in 135 different chapters on four continents. Through annual awards programs, AFCEA chapters around the globe recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals in the communications, electronics, intelligence and information technology disciplines.

This is the second year ESET has supported the AFCEA Scholarship awards programs. ESET also provides ongoing support for local organizations and programs that address children’s needs, education and economic vitality in the community. The company’s current philanthropic efforts include the Alpha Project, Outdoor Outreach, the San Diego Police Foundation’s Safety Net program, Securing our eCity Foundation and its annual Cyber Bootcamp, Reality Changers and the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation.

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